MIP Notes from Coffee 8-23-2019

  • 23 Aug 2019 10:18 AM
    Message # 7845083
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    Montgomery Industry Partners (MIP) is a stand-alone informal association of both Montgomery area industry partners as well as the Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex community.  We are not affiliated with any other organizations.

    NEXT Regular MIP meeting: 6 September 2019

    No meeting 30 August 2019 due to AFITC

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

    The Offices at Midtown
    Building 500 Interstate Park Drive, Room 507

    Lee Terrell (Steel Point Solutions), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), John O’Connor (Oasis)

    The MIP notes are intended for local Montgomery Area Industry and Government Partners.  Recipients may choose to forward.  Any email lists associated with MIP should not be forwarded or shared outside of MIP.

    Format Notes:  The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.

    • ·         AFA Daily Report

    ·         Travis Maintenance Squadron First to Produce Certified, 3D-Printed Parts The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., is the Air Force’s first-ever field unit to be equipped with a Federal Aviation Administration- and USAF-certified 3D printer capable of producing aircraft parts. So far, the technology has been used to produce replacement latrine covers for the C-5M Super Galaxy. But in the long term, the squadron’s maintenance shop wants to be able to manufacture any products any USAF organization might need—aircraft parts or otherwise, according to a Travis release.  (16 August 2019)

    • ·         OPINION: Getting the Drop in Cyberspace.  “From Wild Bill to Wohlstetter, the US should learn the lesson of the risks of a fearsome offense paired with a weak defense,” writes Jason Healey, a senior research scholar and adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and president of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association. “Using offensive forces to improve defenses may be satisfying and might even work in the short term. But if adversaries feel a war with the United States is coming, a more fearsome cyber offense makes it more likely they will go Deadwood on the US before Cyber Command can bring its big guns to bear.” Lawfare(21 August 2019)
    • ·         Millions More Will Soon Be Allowed to Shop on Military Bases. But Some Veterans Wonder How They’ll Get Access Some veterans have contacted Military Times to say that they are eligible for the new benefit that takes effect Jan. 1, but are concerned they won’t have access to the stores. That’s because they don’t have the specific credential required—the Veteran Health Identification Card, or VHIC, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Military Times(21 August 2019)
    • ·         WPAFB Exceeds 30,000 employees.  The increase in employment is the result of the base having better “local hiring authority” from the Air Force to fill new positions and vacancies that remained from a hiring freeze, said Col. Tom Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander. Dayton Daily News(23 August 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         This Sunday at 1700, MGMWerx will be hosting an Agile Coding Sprint.  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         AFITC.  It’s time!  See you there next week!!
    • ·         Don’t forget the Technica social on the Harriott II Monday after AFITC.  See the attached flyer!!

    ·         From Boyd Stevens:  So those of you who know me know that I do not host events, networking outings, etc.  events, networking  outings, etc.  These are simply not my cups of tea BUT the younger whipper snappers who are a part of our tech community building efforts have somewhat twisted my arm into hosting an after hour meet and greet /networking event during this year's AFITC Conference on this coming Monday evening(26 August) from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Prevail Union Coffee Shop.  The primary target of this event is to showcase the "Local IT/Tech companies/IT based organizations and to celebrate the regional STEAM(science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics) efforts. More details will be forth coming over the next 24 hours.  There will be a seperate email sent out on this.

    ·         Stratice Consulting Ribbon Cutting:  Before you head out for the day, mark your calendar for Monday, August 26, 2019! Stratice has officially moved to the Kress Building in downtown Montgomery (lower Dexter Avenue) and a celebration is definitely in order!  To best accommodate everyone, we’re splitting the party into two parts.  Pop by from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for one-on-one time with our executives.  Come by from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for cocktails and light apps!  Or come to both!  We’d love to see you here.  See the flyer attached to the Notes.

    • ·         Base Gate Closures for Construction.
    • ·         Dalraida Gate Closure (Gunter).  The Dalraida gate is scheduled to be closed from 23 September through 23 October to complete the new gate construction.  This is an updated schedule.  The Congressman Dickinson gate will remain the 24/7 access gate.  (16 August 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Eggs and Issues: Sen Doug Jones (D-AL).  The next “Eggs and Issues will be on 3 September 2019 at the RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Avenue from 0730-0830.  To sign up go to https://www.montgomerychamber.com/events/details/eggs-and-issues-with-senator-doug-jones-6222.  $25 for Chamber Members and $35 for non Chamber members. (9 August 2019)
    • ·         River Region Defense Summit.  The Chamber is sponsoring a new event this year – the River Region Defense Summit.  Lt Gen Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, who recently assumed command of AETC will be the inaugural speaker.  This event will be held on Friday, September 6, from 7:30-8:30 at the RSA Activity Center.  Tickets are $25.00 for Chamber members & $35.00 for non-members.  If interested, please go to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce website – calendar of events – September 6th and register ASAP.  https://www.montgomerychamber.com/events/details/river-region-defense-summit-not-complete-7393(23 August 2019)
    • ·         Other Chamber Events. Details and registration for these events can usually be found at www.montgomerychamber.com.  Select “View Calendar” from the left side of the home page below the “Calendar of Events” listing for a full summary of upcoming events.  (26 July 2019)

    ·         BEST Robotics.  Behind the scenes a lot of people have worked to establish a new host and venue for the BEST Robotics competition.  The 2019 BEST will be held here in Montgomery with the following key dates:

    • ·         5 Sep - BEST Robotics Kickoff at ASU
    • ·         6 Oct - BEST Robotics Practice Day at Eastdale Mall
    • ·         18 Oct - BEST Robotics Presentation at ASU Continuing Ed (32 Commerce Street)
    • ·         19 Oct - BEST Robotics Competition Game Day at the Montgomery Multiplex

    Volunteers are needed, especially for game day.  Sign up at mgmbest.com, or contact Lee Sumner at aleesumner41@gmail.com or 334.652.8641.  (2 August 2019)

    • ·         MOAA.  MOAA will resume their monthly luncheons on Thursday 12 September at the Maxwell Club.  Social Hour begins at 1100, luncheon 1150-1300.  The speaker will be Jeff Rogers, a local author who wrote: Old Hickory Recon – Memories of the 30th Infantry Division 1943-1945.  He will describe the wartime experiences of Marion Sanford, former mayor of Wetumpka.  Menu choices are  Club Sandwich, Vegetarian Salad (both $16) or Sliced Pork  platter ($17).  Reservations must be made by Friday 6 September.  For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         PMI.  The next PMI dinner will be Thursday September 12 at 1730.  This month’s speaker will be John Dennett on the topic Stakeholders: Identifying them and keeping Them Informed!  John is a retired senior Naval Officer, program manager and logistics engineer with over 30 years’ experience.  The meeting will be at the RSA Plaza, Montgomery, AL. Enter parking deck at 777 Adams Avenue.  Register at https://pmisouthalabama.org/index.php/88-general/event-calendar/128-2012-03-13-02-17-17(23 August 2019)
    • ·         Chappy’s Annual “Breakfast for Babies.”  Once again Chappy’s Deli on Perry Hill Road will be holding their annual Breakfast for babies to benefit the march of Dimes.  If you have never participated, this event can be arguably described as the world’s largest breakfast drive through.  They will be serving from 0530-090.  If you are coming to MIP, get your breakfast on the way.  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         Maxwell-Gunter AF Ball.  The Maxwell – Gunter Air Force Ball will be 21 September 2019 from 1800 to 2300 at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa.  Dust off your mess dress and join us for an evening of fellowship and fine dining!  Keynote speaker will be Colonel Jack D. Fischer, former NASA Astronaut!  Tickets are now on sale and will be ongoing from 16 Aug 18 till 6 Sep 18.  Tickets are limited, so please put in your order ASAP!  (16 August 2019)
    • ·         AFCEA.  The next Chapter luncheon will be on Tuesday 24 September at Wynlakes Country Club, 1100-1300.  Detail forthcoming.  Watch www.afceamontgomery.org for full details and to sign up.  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         AFA Chapter 102:
    • ·         Annual Golf Tournament will be on 2 October 2019 at Arrowhead Country Club from 1130 to 1800.  Space is limited so early registration is strongly encouraged.  Go to https://s01.123signup.com/Member?PG=1531364182400&P=15313641339580781433893100&Info= for full information. (9 August 2019)
    • ·         The annual Veterans Day Luncheon will be on 6 November at the Maxwell Club.  Details forthcoming.  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         Alabama National Guard Hiring Event.  On November 1, 2019, there is a unique opportunity to partner with the Army/Air National Guards for a hiring event for their guard members, spouses, and grown children.  Approximately 1800 guard members will be present that weekend, and with spouse and family in attendance, there could be a pool of 3,600 potential candidates.  We are working on a portal system that would allow the guardsmen and women to attach their resume to a form created for a specific skill set (i.e. IT, healthcare, maintenance, public service).  This would allow you, the employer, the opportunity to be able to peruse those applicants that contain the skills needed for your job opening, and would allow you the opportunity to schedule an onsite interview with that individual.  Both applicant and employer will have a link or password to access our website.  As a participating employer, you would also be able to post some information about your company and the candidates you are seeking.  If you have open positions and would like to participate in this event, please email me as soon as possible so that I can include your company name and logo in the communication going out to the guardsmen.  Full details will be provided closer to the event, but the National Guard will be promoting the event at guard weekend for the next two months.  I hope this will prove to be beneficial for both employer and employee alike, and that it can become an annual event.  Contact Gindi Prutzman, gindi.prutzman@centralalabamaworks.com, 334.300.8592, www.centralalabamaworks.com (9 August 2019)
    • ·         For our local businesses, this is an opportunity to have easy access to a large pool of candidates who, in many cases, have skills from their Guard duties that can apply directly to your job vacancies!
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         N/A.

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         Col Kyna McCall’s retirement ceremony is today at 1130 in the SNCOA Auditorium.

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